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Top 10 Water Carrier Waist Packs

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Updated May 17, 2014

Drink when thirsty! That's the rule of thumb for a walk of any length. Carrying your own water or sports drink is the surest way to be able to drink when thirsty. These packs and carriers allow you to take along a water bottle. What I look for in a pack are reflective elements for safety, a strap to attach my jacket, and the right amount of storage for my length of walk.

1. Ultimate Direction Access Plus

Ultimate Direction Access 640
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I love this angled water bottle holster for quick access to the 20-oz. bottle. It has reflective piping for night safety. The Access Gel has a small zippered compartment for essentials and a mesh pocket to hold a gel flask or other items - like your cell phone. The water bottle has a Kicker Valve for easier access without leakage.

2. Camelbak Delaney

Camelbak Delaney
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The Delaney is designed for speed. It comes with a 21-ounce Podium Chill bottle, which is a squeezable BPA-free plastic bottle. It has a small essentials zip pocket. The pack is made with perforated foam for comfort and breath-ability. It has front and back reflective piping for safety.
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3. Nathan Mercury 2 Hydration Belt

Nathan Mercury 2 Hydration Belt
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This minimalist hydration belt carries two 10 ounce flasks on a breathable neoprene belt. It has an iPhone-compatible stretch mesh zip pocket and reflective trim for safety. Go light but have what you need - water and/or sports drink and your essentials.
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4. Mountainsmith Dart

Mountainsmith Dart
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Just my water and my keys, please. This waistpack is perfect for going light. It has a slanted water bottle holder for quick and easy access, and a small zippered pocket for your ID, keys, and other small essentials.
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5. Aquaclip

Aquaclip
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Forget the pack, you say? You just want some way to attach a bottle of water or soft drink to your belt? The Aquaclip does it -- simply slip onto the neck of the bottle and clip it on your belt. This is also an easy way to add a bottle when your favorite pack doesn't have a bottle carrier. My husband and male walking buddies love the Aquaclip.

6. Nathan Peak Waist Pack Hydration Belt

Nathan Peak Hydration Belt
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The Peak features Nathan's 18 ounce "Ergological" SpeedDraw Flask in an insulated bottle holder. The belt is bounce-free. I like the zippered stretch pocket for your essentials. Best of all, it has a shock cord for attaching other necessary items that don't fit into the pocket.
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7. Fuel Belt

Fuel Belt MP3
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If you are into the energy gel thing, or want to carry a variety of water and sports drinks, this belt has four 7-oz flasks and a handy pocket for your other necessities. Two water, 1 sports drink, 1 gel? Whatever combo you want.

8. Amphipod Full Tilt

Amphipod Full Tilt
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The Amphipod Full Tilt system is contoured to fit snugly into your lumbar area with no bouncing and is easy to wear under a jacket. The 20 oz. water bottle is contoured and fits securely in its sleeve. It is surrounded top and bottom by zippered pouches to carry small essentials. Fast walkers and racewalkers would find this style excellent for moving with their body.

9. Camelbak Stamina Waist Pack

Camelbak Stamina I
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Camelbak also has one of my favored slanted bottle carriers with storage for your cell phone, iPod or other small essentials. The bottle is Camelbak's excellent Performance Bottle. With this bottle, you just suck on the Big Bite Valve and you don't have to tip the bottle up and obstruct your view of the route or trail. It has a stash pocket on the waistbelt for quick-access items. It has front and back reflective elements for night safety.
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10. Nathan Trek Waist Pack

Nathan Trek Water Carrying Waist Pack
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This pack has a slanted bottle holder with a 22-ounce bottle. The bottle has a finger loop to make grabbing it even easier. The zippered compartment is big enough for a cell phone and wallet and has a cord port for your headphone cord. It has an elastic retention strap for the water bottle, which some users say is needed to keep the bottle in place if you are bending over.
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